4 Days Biblical Tour from Bodrum

Short Turkey Tours From Bodrum

4 Days Biblical Tour from Bodrum

Duration:

4 Days

Departing:

Bodrum

Time:

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Pickup Point:

Bodrum

Highlights:

Laodicea, Sardes, Philadelphia, The Adulterous Church, The Dead Church, The Faithful Church

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4 Days Biblical Tour from Bodrum

Christianity was born in the Holy Land, but it became a world religion in the Land of Asia Minor (today's Turkey). The biblical tour covers the Seven Churches of Asia Minor. Take your Bible and read the book of Revelation. Those churches are Sardis, Smyrna (Izmir), Ephesus (Efes), Thyatira, Pergamon (Bergama), and Laodicea. Be ready to follow the footsteps of St. Paul; imagine walking in the places of St.Paul preached and walked.

  • Pick up from Bodrum Hotels
  • Laodicea Archaeological Sites
  • Stadium and Gymnasium
  • Grand Theater
  • Little Theater
  • Agora and Roman Bath
  • The Main Street (Syria Street)
  • Monumental Fountain
  • Parliament building
  • The Great Church
  • The City Gate and Walls
  • Drive to Pamukkale
    • White Calcium Carbonate Travertines
    • Hierapolis Archaeological Museum
    • Cleopatra's Pool
    • Hierapolis Ancient City
    • Grand Theatre
    • The Temple of Apollo
    • Nymphaeum (Monumental Fountain)
    • Plutonium
    • Christian Basilica
    • City Gate
    • Necropolis
    • Martyrium of St. Philip
  • Drive to Pamukkale Hotel
  • After breakfast drive to Akhisar and visit the Thyatira Church
  • Drive to Salihli, and Visit the Sardes Church and ruins
  • The Marble Court of the Hall of the Imperial Cult
  • The Synagogue
  • Gymnasium and baths Complex
  • The Roman road
  • Temple of Artemis
  • Christian church
  • Open Buffet Local Lunch (Drinks Extra)
  • Drive to Alasehir, and visit the Church of Philadelphia
  • Drive to Sardes. Overnight and dinner in Sardes(Manisa)
  • Pick up From Manisa Hotels
  • Pergamon Acropolis
  • Temple of Zeus
  • Temple of Athena
  • The Library of Pergamon
  • Grand Theatre of Pergamon
  • Arsenals
  • Gymnasium
  • Red Court( Basilica)
  • Asclepion Roman medical center
  • Open Buffet Local Lunch (Drinks Extra)
  • Izmir St.Polycarp Church
  • Agora of Izmir
  • The Castle of Izmir
  • Konak Square
  • Clock Tower
  • Kemeralti Bazaar
  • Drive to Kusadasi
  • Ephesus Ancient Ruin
    • Odeon
    • Roman Bath
    • State Agora
    • Prytaneum (Town Hall)
    • The Temple of Domitian
    • The Monument of Memmius
    • Relief of Niki, Medicine, Hermes, and Pharmacy
    • Hercules Gate
    • The Fountain of Trajan
    • Scholastica Bath
    • Terrace Houses
    • The Temple of Hadrian
    • The Public Toilet
    • The Library of Celcius
    • The Commercial Agora
    • Marble Street
    • Brothel
    • Foot Print
    • Grand Theatre
    • Arcadian Street
    • Virgin Mary Church (Church of Council)
    • Vedius Gymnasium
    • The Stadium
  • Local Lunch
  • The House of Virgin Mary
  • The Ephesus Archaeological Museum
  • The Temple of Artemis (Diana)
  • Drive back to Bodrum.

Today we will pick you up from Bodrum Hotel or Bodrum Airport. And we will drive to Laodikeia. From Bodrum to Pamukkale, it will take 3 hours. You will see two ancient cities. Laodikeia (Laodikeia) Ancient City is one of the important cities for Christians. One of the first seven churches of Christianity is located in this city. The city is significant in being a Holy Pilgrimage Center for Christians. Laodicea is called "neither hot nor cold Church" in Revelation.

Excavations started here 15 years ago, and new finds are being found daily. The West Theater once again hosted a cultural and artistic event after 1690. The change experienced in the Western Theater revived using 97 percent original materials was dazzling. You will be amazed by the size of this city, the restoration work, and the church mentioned in the Bible. After the Laodikeia tour, we will drive to Pamukkale. It will take around 20 mins.

"Pamukkale translates to 'Cotton Castle'... Once you get here, it's easy to see why. This natural phenomenon, designated a UNESCO Heritage site in 1988, with spectacular white calcium cliffs and beautiful turquoise blue pools, is truly a sight to behold. Pamukkale is like an alien landscape.

Snow White Calcium Travertines, Terraces, and Calcium Pools

Pamukkale, or 'Cotton Castle' when translated, has been drawing tourists from all around the world to its thermal springs for more than 23 centuries. Pamukkale and Pamukkale Tours is one of the top Famous Turkey Trips. The Turkish name refers to the extraordinary surface of the snow-white cliffs, shaped over millennia by the accumulation of calcium deposited by mineral springs. Legend has it that the Cotton Castle formations are solidified cotton (the area's principal crop) that was left out to dry by giants.

Dripping slowly down a vast mountainside, mineral-rich water foams and collects in bowls that terrace the decline down the mountainside spilling over petrified cascades of stalactites into milky pools below. These saucer-shaped travertines (or terraces, as they're also called) wind sideways down the powder-white mountain, providing a stunning contrast to the clear blue sky and green plain below. To protect the unique calcite surface, you are obliged to traverse the area barefoot.

Although the terrace pools aren't particularly deep, you can get fully submerged if you want, don't forget your towel! Don't worry; if you don't have a bathing suit or towel, you can buy a Turkish Towel, Do not Forget is Cotton's principal crop. As a nice suvinour, you can take it away to your home. You shouldn't leave Pamukkale Tour without having a healing dip in the sacred fountain of Cleopatra's Pool.

Cleopatra's Pool:

A swim in the effervescent waters of Cleopatra's Pool should be at the top of any Turkey Travel Itinerary. Strewn about the bottom of the crystal-clear Pool is an amazing collection of striated columns and capitals, a striking reminder of Pool's pedigree. Cleopatra's Pool has warm, clear fizzy water that bubbles from the source of the spring, but these days have now been blocked off to prevent divers from disappearing into its hidden depths.

With temperatures of 35C, you can bathe in the natural thermal mud and waters and enjoy the curative effects (both medicinal and beauty) of the water, which had previously benefited the ancient Greek and Roman peoples for centuries. This curative water, with its Thermo mineral and magnesium, calcium, carbon dioxide, sulfide, and bicarbonate, is suitable in many areas as a curative treatment.

Ancient City of Hierapolis:

The nearby ancient Hierapolis and its accompanying museums may be overshadowed by the springs, but they are also fascinating and well worth the visit. After taking a walk along the terraces, we will take a short walk to Hierapolis City, which is also known as 'Holy City.' Just outside the main entrance is the Necropolis (Graveyard), containing more than 1200 tombs and sarcophagi of people who wished to have been buried here. It was believed that the proximity of the hot springs and vapor-emitting cracks would ease their journey into the Underworld.

Among the tombs lies the Martyrium, which is an octagonal 5th-century edifice believed to have been erected upon the site where St. Philip was martyred in 80 CE. The Hierapolis City Bath, the springs of Hierapolis, was particularly popular among vacationing Romans. You will notice that carved into the side of the mountain is the monstrous Grand Theater that dominates the vista of Hierapolis. At its height, the Grand Theatre could host 25.000 boisterous fans and is still largely intact until this day.

It features a vast network of decorative elements from the 3rd century CE including a selection of ornately sculptured statues, columns, and arches, amongst other decretive elements. During Pamukkale Day Tour, you will have 2 hours of free break time to rest, take in the views, and of course, take some refreshments from the onsite cafeteria. You can use the provided Pamukkale Map and Hierapolis Map to visit other nearby sites in your allotted free time. After Pamukkale and Hierapolis, we will drive to Hotel.

Thyatira: After breakfast at the Hotel at Bergama. We drive to Akhisar to visit Thyatira church which was once a busy trading center. One of the Seven Churches mentioned in Revelations. Then, you visit Sardes; coins were minted here.

Sardes Ancient Ruin

The ruins of Sardes are amazing to behold, and they are surrounded by a stunning mountain backdrop. This is where money was first used. A must for archeology buffs, photographers, people interested in Judaic history (magnificent ancient synagogue), and bible study groups (one of the seven churches of the Revelation). Do some research before visiting. The ruins today are quite impressive, with the best-preserved ancient synagogue and gymnasium being the highlights for many. The Temple of Artemis and additional ruins of the ancient city of Sardis, including a heavily restored gymnasium and synagogue, are at separate sites, though not too far apart. After the tour, drive to Bergama.Overnight in Bergama(Izmir).

Pergamon Acropolis - Asclepion - Izmir St.Polycarp Church - Agora

You will be/can be met at your Hotel in Izmir; You will visit two biblical cities, Pergamon and Izmir. We will drive to Pergamon; during your journey Castle Travel, is independent Turkish Local Travel Agency, will give you special Turkey, Pergamon, and Asclepion Maps as a gift so that you can understand this tour better and make your trip more conscious of keeping throughout your Pergamon tour.

Also, your local tour guide will give you lots of information about Pergamon, Asclepion, Alexander The Great, the Red Basilica, and Christianity in Pergamon. The journey from Kusadasi to Pergamon will take around 2 hours. The ruins of Pergamon cross the river in Bergama's pleasant, modern city. The deep-bedded Caicus River flowing through the town adds to Bergama's quiet charms. Pergamon's archaeological sights, towering 330 m above the city, are extensive and impressive. Its ruins, loping over more than 3000 acres, are located on two main sites.

The Acropolis, which looms above the town, and with one world's wealthiest libraries, the ruins make it one of Turkey's finest archaeological sites.

Pergamon Acropolis

Extremely worthwhile UNESCO world heritage site atop a massive hill. The vantage point is incredible. It's high, panoramic views, its establishment, and the whole city complex in itself; you will love this place because it's overlooking the entire town. The theater on the side of the hill is simply amazing. The most notable attraction is the mammoth amphitheater, capable of seating 10.000 spectators. It is the steepest theater whole Mediterranean coastline. Most of the Altar of Zeus, consisting of the remains of a marble offering table, graces the Pergamon Museum in Berlin.

The Temple was the "throne of Satan," referred to by St.John in the Book of Revelations. In ancient times, only the library in Alexandria surpassed Pergamon's, which contained more than 200.000 volumes. When the Alexandrians attempted to eclipse the Pergamon book bonanza by limiting the flow of papyrus from the Nile, Pergamon schoolers invented parchment from goat hides. The plot thıckned: when the library's Egyptian rival went up in flames. Marc Antony plundered Pergamon's shelves and presented the pilfered collection to Cleopatra.

Asclepion (Medical Center)

Under the direction of Galen, the most famous physician of the Roman Empire, Pergamon became the center of the cult of Asclepius, the Greek demi-god of healing and eponym of the Asclepion, which was both a temple and place of healing. Allegedly, no patient left here unhealed, though undoubtedly, many were rushed out the back door in the throes of death. An impressive portion of the Asclepion remains, including a marble colonnade street, a theater, a library, a natural spring, and healing rooms.

Kizil Avlu (Red Baslica)

Red Basilica, which was originally built as a second-century temple to the Egyptian God Serapis and converted into a basilica during to Byzantine Empire. Pergamon Acropolis, The Temple of Zeus, the Temple of Emperor Trojan, the Theatre, the Pergamum Library, Arsenals, Red Basilica, and the Ascleion medical center; after visiting all of them, we will drive for lunch. After lunch, drive from Pergamon to Izmir. It is 197 km/122 miles one way and will take around 1.10 hours.

Izmir- Agora and St.Polycarp Church

Izmir is one of the Seven Churches of Revelation mentioned in the Bible as "the suffering church" (Rv 2:8-11).
Our first stop will be St.Polycarp Church, It was built in 1600 in the name of St.polycarp, who was martyred at the age of 86 in Velvet Castle by the Romans in 155 because of his faith, and it is the oldest church in Izmir. The church always attracts the attention of tourists with its different architectural structure and the process it has gone through in history.

Ancient Agora, Agora etymologically means city square, bazaar, marketplace. Agora, which has commercial, judicial, religious, and political functions, is where art is concentrated, and the foundations of philosophy are laid; It is the place where stoas, monuments, altars, and statues are located. It is the heart of traders. It dated from the Roman Period (2nd century AD) and was built on three floors. Smyrna Agora is a very impressive historical place. Columns, tombstones, and texts written on stones are very impressive. Especially the arches and the fountain on the lower floor are wonderful traces of the history of humanity. You should definitely go and see it.

After that, we will drive to Kadifekale; Kadifekale is an excellent world heritage that has survived since Alexander the Great. According to legend, Alexander, who came to Smyrna during the Eastern Campaign, fell asleep while hunting on Pagos Hill and had a dream. In his dream, he said he had to move the city to the foot of this hill. The Transport Process took place after the death of Alexander. The ruins of the castle are still standing. It is a beautiful place to watch Izmir from the top, as a panoramic view.

Konak Square and Clock Tower, Each city has its own characteristics. When Izmir is mentioned, the first thing that comes to mind is the historic clock tower and Konak Square, where this work is located; the square has the feature of a center. In addition, Yalı Mosque, which draws attention with its tiles, Clock tower in the middle, Yali Mosque on one side, retired people sitting and resting in the shade of the plane tree on the other, Kemeraltı bazaar at the back, and the historical square overlooking the sea. End of the day, drives to the Hotel. Overnight in Kusadasi.

You will be/can be met at your Hotel in Kusadasi. Then we will drive to Ephesus; during your journey, your local tour guide will give you lots of information about Ephesus, The House of the Virgin Mary, and The Temple of Artemis. Your local tour guide will hand you your Ephesus Map and a Turkey Map. The journey from Kusadasi to Ephesus is 18 km/11 miles one way and will take around 30 mins.

The House of Virgin Mary

We will pass through the verdant and picturesque countryside before arriving at our first stop, The House of the Virgin Mary. Following the Predominant Christian tradition, Mary was brought to Ephesus by the Apostle John after the resurrection of Christ and lived out her final resting years here. This is based mainly on the traditional belief that John came to Ephesus and the biblical statement that Jesus consigned her to John's care (John 19:26-27). 

Ephesus Ancient Ruin

After The House of the Virgin Mary, we will head on to the next destination, the Ancient City of Ephesus; the tour here shall be a walking tour and will take you through one of the most magnificent archaeological sites in the entire world. You will be able to see the Odeon, The Fountain of Trajan, the steam baths of Scholastic, the Temple of Hadrian, and of course, let's not forget the awe-inspiring library of Ephesus. The library is adorned with columns and statues. The Grand Theatre, where Saint Paul preached, is the largest in antiquity, with a capacity of 24.000 seats. You will then return to the bus through the Arcadian Way, where Mark Anthony and Cleopatra once rode in procession. After your 2-hour exploration around Ephesus, we will head for lunch. One hour is Lunch Break. 

The Temple of Artemis (Diana)

Then we will continue on tour and head on for our next stop, which is the Temple of Artemis (Diana); this unique Temple was built in honor of the Greek Goddess of hunting, wild nature, and fertility, deemed as one of the Seven wonders of the ancient world. The Temple of Artemis used to be the largest marble temple in the ancient Greek world since it was four times as big as the Parthenon in Athens, Greece. The Temple served as both a marketplace and a religious institution.

Offerings by thousands of pilgrims each year enabled the Temple to grow so wealthy that it became the world's first bank. Today, little remains of the magnificent structure. Your guide will describe its importance, wealth, and the tension between the Romans and Christians that settled in the area over the centuries. After local lunch, drive to Kusadasi or drive back to Bodrum.

What's Included?

  • English Speaking Guide
  • 3 Nights Accommodation
  • All Entrance Fees
  • A/C Vehicle
  • Parking Fees
  • Cable Car

What's Not Included?

  • Personal Expenses and Gratuities
  • Local Lunch and Drinks
  • Cleopatra's Pool

PS: If you wish, you can do an Extention, or you may request transfer service to Kusadasi, Denizli, Konya, Cappadocia, Antalya, Marmaris, Gocek, or Fethiye.

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